Sunday, 18 October 2015 00:00

September letter from lizzy

Lizzy Litshani, Senior Educator at The Lapalala Wilderness School

Hosting new schools (that come to us for the first time) always makes me a little nervous because it is important to break the ice with the teachers and learners in order for them to trust us. We teach environmental issues that are relevant to them but may be very new to them at the same time, and so this first stage is very important. My fear turned into

something very interesting and exciting this month because one of the new schools we hosted had a group of learners that call themselves a wildlife group; these young people are very passionate about our natural environment, and for me it is very rewarding to see young people actively taking part in identifying and solving the environmental issues that we facing as a nation. I believe these kids they are  valuable assets and need to be nurtured and encouraged.

One of the exciting activities we did with them was to hold an Enviro-debate; the issue we were looking at was over-population.  These learners unpacked this issue nicely, and they were able to show us clearly the effect of over-population on our natural resources. This made me realise that if we teach our young people more about the day to day effects of over-population, they will get to realise that having a child at the early age causes problems not just for them and their family but for everyone; at the end of the day we will end up fighting for the limited resources that we have.

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